Weather permitting, 3rd-8th grade girls will start the season on Saturday, March 3rd. Blue Wave Buddies begins March 31st. The House League season will end with a round robin championship BBQ extravaganza for all players (Houe, Intramural & Travel) and families on May 20th. The Travel League season ends the second weekend of June. The full schedule can be found under the documents tab on the left hand side of the homepage. Please look for the PDF file - weekly schdule. Please also check the website for date, time and location of pracitecs and games as they can change due to weather and other situations beyond our control.
Tentative Travel Tryouts - WEATHER PERMITTING
7th & 8th Grade Sat, March 10th - 16th
5th & 6th Grade Sat, March 17th - 23th
We are very excited about the upcoming season! The program has been carefully designed to reflect changes in the game, while keeping in line with our program's philosophy: to promote skill development, sportsmanship, team play and love of the sport. In both the House and Travel program the focus is to encourage growth and development in a fun environment.
HOUSE LEAGUE BLUE WAVE BUDDIES (1st and 2nd Grade): The Blue Wave Buddies program is open to 1st and 2nd grade girls. Clinics are one hour long on Saturday afternoons (tentatively 5-6pm). The players are coached by the 8th grade girls (with adult coach supervision). The focus is on teaching the fundamentals of the sport with an emphasis on fun.
DYLAX 3/4 GIRLS PROGRAM - House League:
The 3rd/4th grade girls program has one skills session on Fridays, and then 7x7 games on a shortened field on Saturday and Sunday. DYLax follows the US Lacrosse LADM model which provides young athletes the opportunity to enter, enjoy and excel by learning and playing lacrosse in a way that is best for each stage of growth and development. Teams will be balanced with the focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game in a fun environment.
DYLAX 5/6 GIRLS PROGRAM - House League
The girls will be divided into balanced teams. Clinics are on Mondays and full field games are played on Saturday and Sunday. We consider the House program a major contributor to the overall success of Darien lacrosse, and for this reason all players get equal time, and equal opportunity to play all positions.
DYLAX 5th & 6th GIRLS PROGRAM - Travel: 5th and 6th Grade Girls will have the option to try out for a Travel Team. There are two commitments we expect of travel players: 1) to honor your commitment to your House team, and 2) lacrosse must be your priority sport during the Spring season. Please read the Travel Commitment below. There will be one or two practices/games during the week and additional sessions on the weekends. We also are planning to add one indoor practice per week in April and May.
DYLAX 7th & 8th GIRLS PROGRAM - Travel:
This year DYLAX will be fielding 4 travel teams at the 7th and 8th grade levels - 7A, 7B, 8A and 8B. Travel team placement and playing time will be based upon the 3 "A's": Attitude, Aptitude and Attendance. DYLAX expects that if you play on an A or B team, you will make DYL travel lacrosse your PRIORITY this spring. All travel rosters will be flexible and DYLAX reserves the right to move players when deemed appropriate. Please read the Travel Commitment Language at the end of this page. Practice (and some games) will be held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Away games will be also be scheduled.
DYLAX 7th & 8th GIRLSSENIORS- Travel:
This combined team of 7th and 8th grade girls is geared for those that don't wish to make the commitment to travel because of other obligations, but still want to play in a fun and competitive environment. The girls practice twice a week, and have travel games on the weekend. The big difference is you do not have to commit to all of the practices or games. Additionally tryouts are not necessary, and cuts are not made. It is a great way to keep playing the game you love without the full time commitment.
* Travel Commitment– All players selected for A and B travel teams must agree to make DYLAX travel lacrosse their priority sport for the entire course of the season. Given the number of highly qualified players we have at each grade level, it is not fair to have roster spots go to players who are less than 100% committed to lacrosse in the spring. We expect and encourage all of our athletes to play other sports during the rest of the year, as it both increases athletic development and, more importantly, adds to players’ enthusiasm for all of the sports they play. But we ask that during our relatively short season that where there are conflicts, you choose DYLAX travel lacrosse over other sporting events. Also, DYLAX and the coaches understand that academics are the number one commitment for our players, and understand that occasionally players will have other non-sport related activities (concerts, religious activities, school events, etc.) that will take priority over DYLAX. However, on the rare chance that these events will cause a player to miss more than 10% of an A or B team's events (practices and games), players should elect to participate in the house or Senior program. If you are not prepared to make DYLAX Travel your priority, or foresee conflicts as mentioned, we offer house (5th/6th) and our Senior 7/8 team where players can develop their skills and have fun but where there is more flexibility regarding attendance.
NEW to Travel - NEW 2017 Grade Base with Age Filter
CONNY lacrosse has adopted a grade-based player segmentation policy for all member programs. The change was driven by the US Lacrosse age-based guidelines and their goal of increasing fairness and player safety.
The CONNY policy, which is grade-based and has an age filter, is a modified version of the USL recommendation. The committee felt this configuration would encourage participation and better ensure fairness and safety. For players in grades 5-7, the age cutoff will be September 1st of the year preceding the season. Those born before September 1st would automatically play up one grade. Players who are “young in grade” (i.e., are younger than their grade's birthday span) have the option of staying with their grade or playing down in grade.
The cutoff for 8th grade was moved back to March 1st of the year preceding the season, which results in an 18-month age span. This allows the vast majority of 8th graders to continue playing for their town program. Those 8th graders born before the cutoff date can petition CONNY to be allowed to play. To help avoid mismatches at scheduling, the 8th grade section of the CONNY team tiering spreadsheet will include additional columns to show
* Communication– In order to encourage players to develop as young women, players should communicate directly with their coaches, and by the travel level this is a requirement. This includes concerns or questions regarding playing time, positions, team placement and suggestions for improvement/feedback. An exception is for health issues such as allergies, asthma, ADD/ADHD, diabetes, etc., which parents should communicate directly with coaches if they feel the need. All health issues will be kept strictly confidential. If parents have issues with a coach, they should discuss those with the girls’ house or travel coordinator, after observing the 24 hour waiting period. Please remember that all of our coaches are volunteers, and respect their time and dedication to creating a fun, learning experience for all of our players.